How WINGERS Gives Back

Many Wingers restaurants are located in rural towns and we take great pride in local community involvement.  In particular, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is close to our hearts. Eric Slaymaker, Winger Bros. Managing Member and Co-Owner, found a personal investment in JDRF when his son and, later, grandson were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Since then, Eric has been committed to the foundation’s mission to find a cure for T1D. He has served on the JDRF Board of Directors for eight years and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Utah/Idaho Chapter.

Eric has instilled a passion for finding a T1D cure throughout the Winger Bros. company and, as part of this, each autumn we run a company-wide promotion. With a $5 donation to JDRF, each guest receives $12 in Wingers coupons. This promotion has helped us to raise funds for JDRF, as well as raise awareness of the importance of accelerating research.

JDRF Leading Global Organization

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. It’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since its inception. For more information on how you can donate or get involved with JDRF, please visit www.jdrf.org

Sticky Bird and Red Barn Farms

Developer Rich Haws and his family wanted to give something back to the community. The original plan was to construct a working community farm within a planned master development to help keep the feeling of the “farm” in Farmington. After developing the farm they lost their 21-year-old son, Dustin to a drug overdose. This tragic loss created a strong desire to help others struggling with the disease of addiction by giving them a place to turn for help. This desire to help create better lives led to the establishment of Red Barn Academy.
A portion of all sales goes directly towards addiction awareness and recovery.

In 2016 Rich asked friend Brandon Howard, a nationally acclaimed Executive Chef for direction and guidance in developing a hospitality and life skills training facility for the students at the Red Barn Academy. He wanted to provide a successful business model to teach the value of the structure, hard work, discipline, and repetition. All of these are very important factors for the success of any hospitality operation. More importantly, these principles create the feeling of purpose and self-worth to those individuals that have lost life’s most important values.
 
Two years later Brandon Howard teamed with WB Management’s Eric and Scott Slaymaker in the role of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Chef of Wingers USA. Shortly after, Brandon received another call from the Haws family. Red Barn Academy was ready to fulfill its commitment to open the life skills training style hospitality facility. Brandon along with Eric and Scott embarked on a quest to partner with Red Barn Farms supporting the Haws Family vision.
 
Over the next year, this partnership worked steadfastly to develop the Mission, Vision, and Social Initiative along with the operational and architectural design of an incredible freestanding Quick Service Restaurant (QSR).
 
Sticky Bird was hatched.
 
The initial flagship Sticky Bird located at Park Lane Commons in Farmington, Utah directly south of Red Barn Farms will be staffed by the students of the Red Barn Academy. A portion of all sales from Sticky Bird locations goes directly towards addiction awareness and recovery through the partnership with Red Barn Farms. Sticky Bird will provide important life skills to those suffering from this terrible disease while supporting one of the worlds vital social initiative causes: Saving lives from the growing effects of addiction in our society.
 
Our mentoring and leadership development programs are structured to provide opportunities for those working diligently through the recovery process to achieve better life choices. By providing employment to individuals impacted directly from addiction, Sticky Bird provides structure, hard work, discipline, and repetition to achieve the feeling of purpose and self-worth.